If we were to do a follow-up on every actor who had a major character killed off HBO’s Game of Thrones, we wouldn’t need the GeekNation website – we’d need a book publisher.
Dance, who played evil patriarch Tywin Lannister, told The Guardian unlike many of his castmates, he never actually read the books. He was scared off by their “frightening” thickness, even when he was approached to take on the recurring role.
“I didn’t know what it was about, and I hadn’t read – and I haven’t since read – any of George R.R. Martin’s books.”
In fact, when he came in to screen some of the first season’s early episodes (Dance didn’t come in until the show’s seventh episode, “You Win or You Die”), he was a bit shocked to find out what producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss got him into.
“So there’s all this ‘rumpy pumpy’ going on, it was all doggy fashion. I said to David and Dan, the two writers … ‘Well, obviously the missionary position didn’t come into vogue in the Seven Kingdoms for some time to come.’
“They said, ‘We wanted it to be animalistic, Charles.’ I said, ‘Well, it’s certainly that! Wham, bam, thank you, ma’am.'”
Although Game of Thrones is filmed primarily in Europe and employs a great number of actors from the United Kingdom, it remains an American production. Dance, himself English, is grateful for that as his opinion of British television isn’t very high. Especially if a show doesn’t come screaming out the gates, which Game of Thrones certainly did not when it premiered in 2011.
“If that had been the BBC, they’d have pulled the plug on it immediately. And I was told that there was a time when the BBC were going to be a part of the co-production. Thank God they weren’t, because HBO knows how to spend money.”
“We rightly used to say we have the finest television in the world. We don’t necessarily any more. Some of the best television now is being imported from America. There’s some really great writing going on, and the production values are cinematic, especially Game of Thrones.
“There are some scenes in Game of Thrones that take my breath away.”
Dance, who just turned 70 on Oct. 10, has a number of projects on the table. He’s already appeared in Ghostbusters as well as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. He’s also joining Kate Beckinsale in Underworld: Blood Wars, which is set to be released in January.
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